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Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 88 - General functions of the commission (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I beg to move amendment No. 15, in clause 88, page 68, leave out line 4. I am almost nervous to continue because of the dancing on pinheads we have just had. Amendment No. 15 seeks clarification from the Minister on what CABE will be charging for—it currently charges for some of its services. As the Minister has said, there will be no change. I assume that it will continue to charge for...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 88 - General functions of the commission (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I am pleased with the Minister's explanation and on the basis that it would be nice to get through every amendment in a couple of minutes in this way, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 87 - The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I rise to ask the Minister to confirm the reasoning behind giving CABE a statutory basis. I understand that it will improve its audit requirements, and we would all welcome anything that improves audit requirements. I would like him to explain whether there will be any changes beyond that, because my initial reading was, I have to say, along the lines of that of the hon. Member for Vale of...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 68 - Termination of police responsibility forstray dogs (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: The Minister will also notice that when I spoke, I made it clear that the amendment had been tabled to provoke a discussion on the transfer of funds, because that seemed the appropriate way of doing so. The Minister will understand that various techniques can be used in Committee, and that that is one of them. He therefore does not need to go into great detail as to why the amendment might...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 68 - Termination of police responsibility forstray dogs (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: As I said, the amendment was designed to provoke a discussion, rather than to be pressed to a vote, because we do not oppose the measure to make the local authority the responsible party in this instance.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 68 - Termination of police responsibility forstray dogs (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: We have said far too much on this. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. The Chairman, being of the opinion that the principle of the clause and any matters arising thereon had been adequately discussed in the course of debate on the amendments proposed thereto, forthwith put the Question, pursuant to Standing Orders Nos. 68 and 89, That the clause...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 68 - Termination of police responsibility forstray dogs (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I beg to move amendment No. 18, in clause 68, page 56, line 4, leave out subsection (1).

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 68 - Termination of police responsibility forstray dogs (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Before the Minister gets too excited about amendment No. 18, it does not, as it appears, try to prevent the transfer of responsibility to a single body, which we welcome.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 68 - Termination of police responsibility forstray dogs (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Well, the Minister may be right, but he will notice that this amendment is No. 18 and was tabled early in the process to establish that funds would be transferred. Since then, both in the debate and in a letter that he kindly copied us in on, he has said that the transfer of responsibility will not take place until the transfer of funds. In a sense, we have got the reassurance that we were...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 68 - Termination of police responsibility forstray dogs (27 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I am fascinated that the hon. Lady believes that councils will have to have a 24-hour service. In my constituency, which is about the size of greater London, stray dogs are few and far between. Most stray dogs are found on farmland and farmers have a brutally effective way of dealing with them. It would be an over-requirement on local authorities to require them to have a person sitting there...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 62 - Community support officers etc (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Does the hon. Gentleman harbour a secret desire to issue fixed penalty notices? It is beginning to sound like it.

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 60 - Amount of fixed penalties (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Does the Minister agree that any sensible local authority would include on any notice—say about a field—the level of the penalty for the simple reason that it wants the notice to have a deterrent effect? If the notice did not have a figure on it and just said, ''Please don't let your dog poop on this field,'' there is a fair chance that people might ignore it, whereas if it said, ''Don't...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 61 - Power to require name and address (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Will the Minister reassure me that, if an officer of the council saw the offence being committed, he could take the car's registration number and would have the right to find the person's name and address? The reason I ask is that there is a problem in Ludlow relating to a playing field in Wheeler road. Typically the people whose dogs are let loose on it do not get out of their cars—they...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 61 - Power to require name and address (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Will the Minister give me his understanding of the situation in which someone's dog is seen fouling, and the officer goes up to the person and asks for their name and address, but they refuse to give it and leave? Council officers have no powers of arrest, so what means do they have of tracking down the person who refused to give a name and address to bring a prosecution for not giving a name...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 60 - Amount of fixed penalties (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I oppose the amendment, which would restrict the flexibility of local government. In my normal Front-Bench capacity for the Liberal Democrats, as spokesman on the business of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, I have the unfortunate task of listening regularly to the corresponding Front-Bench Conservative spokesmen. They continually talk about giving extra flexibility and power to local...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 55 - Power to make dog control orders (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Is this not a case where the local electorate should be trusted? If a council were so heavy-handed as to introduce regulations that annoyed every dog owner in the area, there is a fair chance that the councillors who did so would be thrown out at the next set of elections. Were a Tory   council to do that, I am sure the incoming Liberal Democrat council would deregulate and remove the...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 58 - Primary and secondary authorities (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: Although I follow the Minister's argument about likely co-operation, is it not slightly more likely that a cross-border issue could arise? This provision would extend to much more land, including public access land, than would have been the case under previous legislation. So there is a chance, for example, that one authority could implement a dog-control order, and for there to be...

Public Bill Committee: Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill: Clause 55 - Power to make dog control orders (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Matthew Green: I meant to say that although this is a probing amendment, it uses exactly the same wording as section 3 of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003, which provides for exceptions to the poop scoop offence in section 1.


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